Soft Feet!

TIP No. 01

Who doesn’t want soft feet? Wipe that dead skin right off your feet!! We have something that can be done at ease with products lying around home.

Things you need:

  1. ¼ cup Listerine ( any kind will do. I prefer blue, any other colour may stain your feet 😉 )
  2. ¼ cup vinegar ( any vinegar will do)
  3. ½ cup warm water (or hot if you like)
  4. Soak your feet for 15-20 mins.
  5. When done, wipe with a cloth or towel. Dead skin will practically fall off.

HAPPPY FEET !! 🙂

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Lord Ganesha m-seal Frame -DIY!

DIY Lord Ganesha m-seal frame

A Lord Ganesha work, I consider this one a really fine piece of craft. I saw this one in a Fevicryl hobby ideas book, I don’t remember which one though. This involved certain mischievous activities before being created! It required the use of gravel (used for constructing roads), and so a friend of mine and I had to sneak out of the house in the middle of the night to a lonely road that was being constructed, lift up a handful of gravel, and rush back! (Sorry people, I just didn’t know from where else to get it). A lot of m-seal and a good carpenter, who had to bear my tantrums about perfection of the Lord Ganesha cutting, helped me :).

To DIY this m-seal art, collect these materials:

  • Wood (cut into the shapes of Ganesha and the curvy background base)
  • M-seal
  • White cement
  • Fevicol
  • Gravel
  • Sand
  • Colors (Pearl metallic blue, pearl metallic green, bronze, golden, white)
  • Black enamel paint
  • Paintbrushes

Lets start making:

  1. Stick the Ganeshji cut-out at the bottom middle of the curvy base with fevicol.
  2. Spread fevicol over the sides of the curvy wooden base. Sprinkle and stick gravel and mud all over it.
  3. Make a mixture of fevicol, white cement and a little water in to a thick paste (consistency idly batter). Spread it all over the remaining part of the base. Once spread, run your fingers over it in straight lines to give it the uneven texture.
  4. Make designs of “Aum”, “Shri”, or any other of your choice using m-seal.
  5. On the Ganeshji, make the crown, eyes and all other parts using m-seal. The designs on the crown can be created using materials such as scale, spring, ball point pen without refill, needle, etc. Do the designing before the m-seal dries.
  6. Once it dries, paint the entire board black, except in the area where blue paint is to be done, as per the image.
  7. Leave it aside for a couple of hours till the paint completely dries. Use golden and bronze paints to create shades over Ganeshji, Aum, and on the sides. Paint the trunk and eyes using white. Give a highlighted effect to the Shri by painting it with pearl metallic green. Paint the remaining top area using pearl metallic blue.

Wreath & Name board

Burlap & Blossoms – DIY Simple Wreath 

When I moved into our new home at Stanford, I was super excited. Super excited ‘cos I moved to California? Well, YES. But what was more thrilling was to design our new home. The first thing that came to my mind was a name board. I always loved the concept of designing & crafting name boards. It always brings a sweet smile on my husband’s face. He says ‘It reminds me that I’ve had a long hectic day and it’s always good to be back HOME, back to where my family is, back to where I always want to be all the time’. Isn’t that awesome!?!

But this time, the creative me wanted to do something different. I’ve always wanted to make a wreath and suddenly I go like- Why not, a wreath and a name board? And this is what I came up with…What do u’ll think?

wreath

I ordered this kit from stampinup.com, got the wood cut letters from a local craft store and it turned out more than what I expected it would be. I simply love it. It’s so easy, that if I wouldn’t have got the kit, I’m sure I would have just followed the instruction in this video below and would have done it.

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Adios for now 🙂

Bottle Guard Milkshake

 

Delicious bottle gourd milkshake

I used to get very cranky about eating the day my mom prepared launki ki sabji (cooked bottle gourd). I now totally correlate to all those kids who hate eating it and all those moms who want their kids to eat it for the nutrition it provides! Keeping in mind the dilemma of both of them, here is an amazing bottle gourd milkshake that not only is healthy, but something your kid wouldn’t be able to guess what it truly is! And yes, it works very well as a shake when guests come too!!

Serves: 2-3 people

  • Let’s start by gathering the following ingredients:
    50 gms bottle gourd
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cardamoms (elaichi) (with skin)
  • 1 pinch apple green color
  • 1 tbsp cashew nuts (broken)
  • ½ ltr milk (raw and icy)
  • 2 pistachios (chopped) (for garnishing)

The recipe to make the yummy bottle gourd milkshake:

  1. Peel off the bottle gourd skin, cut it into small pieces, and pressure cook to one whistle with a glass of water. I’d personally suggest tasting the bottle gourd from both sides anytime you use it in your kitchen, as a lot of times it turns out to be bitter.
  2. Once the cooker opens, discard the water.
  3. In a small mixer jar / blender, add the boiled bottle gourd, cardamom, sugar, cashews, apple green color, and blend it to a paste.
  4. Transfer this paste to a bigger jar, add the ½ ltr milk, and blend well.
  5. Garnish with pistachios.
  6. Decorate the rim of the glass with a small pinch of apple-green color touched with the left over paste in the mixer jar.

You can also use spring onion leaves instead of bottle gourd. 8-10 spring onion leaves would do for this recipe.

I prefer to use the apple-green color only when serving for guests at a party, and not for my kids. My opinion is to give it to kids without any artificial coloring, the healthier the better!!

Mixed Fruit Punch

Ingredients:

  • 2 oranges (or 2 tbsp tang juice or orange crush)
  • 2 sweet lime (or 2 tbsp sweet lime crush)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 inch piece ginger juice
  • Sugar syrup ( take ¼ cup sugar and ½ cup water and keep it on flame till it becomes a syrup)
  • 2-3 drops orange fruit essence
  • 2 tbsp apple or pineapple or banana (finely chopped)
  • 10-12 mint leaves (finely chopped)
  • Crushed ice
  • Vanilla ice-cream (optional)

Directions:

  1. Extract all juices and mix them together. Pour a scoop of vanilla ice-cream over it. Garnish with mint leaves and apple.

Tips and tricks:

Make sure the fruit punch is made in a glass. Citric fruits in steel vessels can turn sour.

 

Basic Eggless Sponge Cake

My mom did a baking class when she was newly married, and passed on the how-to-make steps to me! These simple baking steps are the most accurate ones I’ve come across, and using this basic sponge cake recipe (eggless!), I’ve done cupcakes, zebra cake, marble cake, doll cake, etc etc etc (oh yes! The two of us just love baking). My daughter’s 2nd birthday is coming up in a month, in June, and she loves watching ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’. Well, easy guess on what cake I’m planning to bake!

To make an eggless sponge cake, first gather the following ingredients:

  • 1 tin condensed milk / milkmaid
  • 250 gms all purpose flour / maida
  • 100 gms unsalted butter
  • ½ cup or 55 gms powdered sugar
  • 1 level tsp soda bicarbonate / cooking soda
  • 2 level tsp baking powder
  • ½ cap food coloring of your choice. It’s ok if you bake without adding this too.
  • 2 caps food essence of your choice. (I personally love vanilla and pineapple)
  • Around 1 ½ cups warm milk (if required)

Lets start baking:

  • In a vessel, beat milkmaid and powdered sugar using a blender.
  • Melt butter till it attains the semi-liquid form, which does happen very soon. Do not let it melt completely.
  • Add the butter to the above and beat.
  • Add essence and color and beat till light and fluffy. To know if it is light and fluffy, once you finish beating, stop the blender, and you will notice small bubbles arising out of the mixture. There, you have done it!
  • In a separate vessel, sieve the all-purpose flour, cooking soda and baking powder together.
  • Slowly add this sieved flour to the fluffy mixture. Keep mixing with your hands as you add. Make it a smooth batter.
  • This batter generally tends to be a little thick. Add a little of warm milk and keep mixing till you get a batter with a dropping consistency.

To check dropping consistency, dip your fingers in the batter and lift them. If the batter tends to flow down smoothly and yet stick to your hands, it is done.

  • Grease a baking tray with butter and flour (I generally tend not to throw away the plastic in which the butter comes. This comes very much in handy in greasing the tray). Do not leave any space without greasing, as the cake gets stuck after baking.
  • Pour the batter in the greased tray.
  • Pre-heat oven for 10mins. Bake at 180C for 15-20mins.
  • To check if the cake is properly baked, insert a knife into the cake, if it comes out smooth, your eggless sponge cake is ready!